LXP Market Review

LXPs are not as well-known as LMS’ but the demand for them is growing rapidly. In this article we will give you a brief overview of the LXP market and mention some of the most popular systems available to help you select the one that’s right for you.

Contents

How Belitsoft Can Help

  • Custom LXP Development. Thanks to our 15+ years of experience in the eLearning market, we can deliver a turnkey LXP on time, on budget, and to spec.
  • LMS Extension. We can add new functionality to an open-source LMS and turn it into an LXP. Using existing LMS codebase saves time and money.
  • LXP Migration. We can help you transfer your information from a legacy LMS into an LXP.
  • LXP Integration. We can help you connect your LXP to third-party platforms like CRMs, HRMs, ERPs, etc.
  • Support. We can maintain your custom LXP in top condition, further expand its functionality, optimize its performance, and solve routine issues, should they arise.

LMS vs LXP

Learning Experience Platforms (LXPs, sometimes LEPs) are relative newcomers to the eLearning market. The term was invented in 2018, though the trends leading to their creation were there long before.

LXPs grew out of LMS’, so there is a significant overlap between the two. In addition, there are many alternative definitions. This is what we consider the defining traits of a learning experience platform:

  • Content curation. Using machine learning and AI, the system suggests the learning materials that would be most beneficial to each specific user. This is similar to how streaming platforms recommend shows to the viewers, that’s where the ubiquitous “Netflix-like interface” comparison comes from. The content selection can also be done by the users themselves.
  • Flexible content. LXPs use a plethora of content options: micro-lessons, video, audio, presentations, and more. This includes content stored on third-party platforms.
  • Flexible learning paths. Learning materials that answer specific job-related questions and an opportunity to study what the user needs are at the core of the LXP experience. 

For more detailed information on LXPs and how they differ from traditional LMS’ see our article.

LXP Market Growth

The LXP market in 2019 was estimated to be around USD 300 million. Compared to the whopping USD 4 billion LMS market this seems insignificant until you learn that LXPs have been growing by over 50%  annually.

The vendors of traditional LMS’ understand the importance of the innovations and include elements of LXPs in their products. Things like flexible learning paths, LXP-style user interface, and third-party content are becoming quite popular.

Now that the eLearning market got a significant growth push due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can expect the LXPs to gain even more prominence.

Top 10 LXPs

Valamis

This Finnish company has been on the market since 2003, although its LXP offering is much younger.

Valamis

Valamis. Source

Valamis has all the core features of an LXP and a bit more:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics
  • Built-in learning records store (LRS)

Customers praise Valamis for its flexibility and scalability, although they consider it to be quite pricey.

Edcast

Edcast is a US-based eLearning company that has been founded in 2013. Besides an LXP it offers a couple of other relevant products. 

Edcast

Edcast on a mobile device. Source

Edcast features the following:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

In addition, the company has a marketplace where the users can buy quality learning content and connect with experienced corporate trainers.

Edcast is liked for its rich functionality and powerful AI. However, the administration side isn’t as good as the rest of the platform.

Degreed

Degreed operates out of San Francisco, California. It has won over 25 industry awards.

Degreed

Degreed. Source

Degreed boasts the following core functions:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

All-in-all, Degreed has a wide array of powerful features. However, some of them, like the Skill Review (adaptive assessment system) require extra fees. In addition, the AI, while powerful, requires the learner to complete the content (or at least check the completion box), otherwise, the recommendations won’t be as precise.

Learn Amp

Learn Amp is a powerful, though relatively unknown product. It is developed by a small company and targets SMEs as its primary customers, although it certainly could work for large companies as well.

Learn Amp

Learn Amp. Source

Learn Amp has the following main features:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

The functions also include classroom management and event management, both rare in the LXP market.

Learn Amp is a well-balanced system with efficient content curation. However, its analytical capabilities are lacking, compared to its better-known competitors.

LinkedIn Learning

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn Learning is a cross between a MOOC platform and an LXP.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning. Source

LinkedIn Learning has the following core features:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Learning analytics

One of the advantages this LXP has over its competitors is its access to the users’ LinkedIn profiles. The platform uses this to improve content curation: for example, you can get recommendations based on your job function, industry, or skills you’ve mentioned.

LinkedIn Learning has great UI and UX on both desktop and mobile devices. However, its customization options are extremely limited, and its analytics is not as robust as with other systems.

Instilled

This system has been released in 2019 but quickly gained the admiration of both its users and competitors.

Instilled

Instilled. Source

These functions are at the core of Instilled LXP:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

Instilled is praised for its powerful authoring tools (especially video editing), robust analytics, major eLearning standards integration, and seamless UI and UX. Unfortunately, the lackluster data visualization and lack of content partners are the proverbial flies in the ointment. 

Percipio

Percipio is developed by Skillsoft - a company well-known for its Skillport LMS and content development.

Percipio

Percipio. Source

Percipio has the following core features:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

This LXP has a Google Chrome extension that allows you to search for content on the platform just by highlighting certain words or phrases as you surf the web. Other advantages include good UI/UX, powerful mobile app with an offline mode, and integration with all the widespread eLearning standards (SCORM, xAPI, CMI-5, and even AICC). Still, the system isn’t perfect - for example, it suggests a lot of low-quality and outdated content.

Thrive

Thrive is a UK-based company that launched its LXP in 2019.

Thrive

Thrive. Source

Thrive has the following core features:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Learning analytics

True to the LXP concept, Thrive has a great UI and UX, a powerful set of additional features, and a content marketplace with learning modules. However, the lack of an in-built authoring tool and gamification options sets it back.

Infuse

Infuse was developed by Absorb, an LMS vendor. This system is focused on corporate training. 

Absorb Infuse

Absorb Infuse. Source

Infuse boasts the following major functions:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

Infuse’s UI is good, although inconsistent in some places. It also has certain in-built gamification elements and its skills/certification management is solid as well. However, it could use more social learning functionality and better integrations.

Coorpacademy

Coorpacademy has offices in the UK, Switzerland, and France. It focuses on microlearning and corporate training. 

Coorpacademy

Coorpacademy. Source

Coorpacademy has all the main functions an LXP needs:

  • Personalized recommendations
  • Flexible learning paths
  • Third-party platform integrations
  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Learning analytics

This system has one of the best data visualization systems in the LXP field. It also features a unique game-based learning system allowing users to challenge one another to a trivia battle. Gamification is also there. Unfortunately, Coorpacademy is only compatible with xAPI and no other standards.

Custom LXP vs Boxed LXP

If no existing system can fit all of your needs, you can always contract a development company to build your own custom LXP.

Custom LXP Advantages

Cheaper in the long run. The maintenance costs are negligible compared to the license payments of the boxed systems. So the longer your LXP is in use, the more economically efficient it becomes.

Improved valuation. Custom LXP always carries the potential for becoming a commercial product. It also is a valuable intellectual property asset. As such, it makes your company more attractive if you decide to go public.

Total control. This includes everything, from determining a feature set to integrating with whatever platforms you want using xAPI and LTI. Moreover, you aren’t dependent on the vendor and won’t have sudden updates throwing your system in disarray.

Boxed LXP Advantages

Lower upfront costs. Building a system from scratch requires a significant initial investment of time and money. With a ready-made LXP, you can just buy a license and start training.

Vendor’s responsibility. Boxed solutions, especially the cloud systems, place most of the maintenance responsibilities on the vendor. In addition, there always is a customer support service you can turn to in case a problem arises.

Integrations/Markets. The premade systems already have a partner network and/or a content marketplace. With a custom system, on the other hand, you’ll have to arrange for them yourself.

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